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7.0
/ 10
On Styling
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$24,821
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On Styling
The 2011 Toyota Venza is smoothly styled and handsome overall—but it’s certainly no breakthough.
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It harkens back to when station wagons had character. For some reason the iconic Chevy Nomad from the 1950s popped into my head during my stint in Venza.
AutoWeek

has the handsome design and upscale materials that are missing from the oft-criticized Camry interior
Cars.com

Like the platypus, the 2010 Toyota Venza is a bit hard to categorize among its peers.
Edmunds

It's not ugly, but it's not especially attractive, either
Automobile Magazine

interior creates an upscale aura with its finely grained dash, neatly finished trim, and soft-touch plastic surfaces
Consumer Reports

The 2011 Venza is a pretty good-looking vehicle overall, particularly from the side profile; that's a feat for a Frankenstein-like creation that underneath it all is part Camry, part Highlander, and partly original underneath.

Overall, the Venza turned out a little more carlike on the outside than most other crossovers. The snout, including the multibar grille that reminds us of a gawky teenager in braces, is full of chrome and probably the least attractive part of the Venza design. but otherwise, especially from the back, its roofline gives it just enough shapeliness. Inside, the Venza is also a bit curvy but not over the top, with big, clear gauges and an unusual center stack dividing driver and front passenger. With the mahogany-grain trim, the Venza is arguably quite well dressed.

The interior design isn't daring, but with its swoopy center stack, it's certainly not boring—consider is a curvier, more luxurious, and slightly laid-back version of the interface you get in minivans. The only thing we don't like about the design is that the center stack takes up a lot of space in front, and the driver's knee has to rest along hard plastic. Take a look up close and some of the materials carry interesting textures; but most of these are pleasing in appearance only.

Conclusion

The 2011 Toyota Venza is smoothly styled and handsome overall—but it’s certainly no breakthough.

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